White Sox rookie Third baseman Gordon Beckham has made quite a splash in his first few months in the American League. Drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Gerogia, Beckham made his ML debut on 6/4/09. He started off just 2 for his first 28 ABs, but quickly caught fire and hasn’t looked back. Beckham is currently hitting .287 (.370 OBP) with 8 HRs and 46 RBI in his first 71 big league games. In addition to providing a lift to the White Sox, Beckham has solved the black hole at third for the Whistle Pigs, my fantasy baseball team.
With all due respect to the Orioles Nolan Reimold, Beckham should be the AL Rookie of the Year. Beckham has better numbers, plays in a bigger market and plays every day for a contender. Watching Beckham line smashes from gap to gap has become a nightly occurence on Baseball Tonight. When I watch Beckham hit I see Derek Jeter. I wish Beckham a long and productive career, and if he is the next Jeter at least he doesn’t play for the Yankees…yet.
Josh Bell update – The Orioles flagship is reporting that Bowie 3rd Baseman Josh Bell will play in the Arizona Fall League, which begins in October. Playing in the Fall League will give Bell the opportunity to amass another 80-100 ABs to continue his development and provide the Orioles an opportunity to evaluate Bell against other top prospects. Hopefully this time next season I’ll be writing about Josh Bell taking the AL by storm, a la Gordon Beckham.